Albion have pledged to take no risks with Dale Stephens.

And that could mean their in-form midfielder loses a proud Amex record as his side take on Leicester City.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton expects to make a late decision over whether Stephens starts against the Foxes as his side look to close in on safety.

Stephens missed away defeats at Everton and Manchester United but has trained during the international break.

He joined the squad on their warm weather training trip to Tenerife.

The former Charlton man has not missed a home league game since the 1-0 win over Wolves in October, 2016, but Hughton suggested that run is under threat.

He told The Argus: “Dale went away with us.

“We initially felt it was in his hamstring but it is not a hamstring strain.

“Sometimes that can be a little bit neural (nerves). What you have to be able to do is take it easy. Even though in the work he has done he hasn’t been feeling it, it’s going to that next stage.

“He was away with us but at this moment it is probably too big a risk for us to start him.

“We have to do what is right for what he is feeling and we can only get that advice from the medical department.”

Hughton was pleased with Beram Kayal’s midfield efforts in the FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford after a below-par showing at Everton.

The Israeli international could continue against Leicester.

Hughton added: “I wouldn’t put the two defeats down to him (Stephens) being unavailable but he is an important player for us.

“Up until he missed the last coupe of games, he has been involved in every game this season.

“But that’s the reason why you have the squad you have and why they train as they do.”